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New Mexico Drops Mine Cleanup Suit After $28 Million Settlement

Sept. 16, 2022, 3:57 PM

New Mexico agreed to drop its claims against the Environmental Protection Agency in its dispute over a mine cleanup, according to a stipulation of voluntary dismissal filed in federal court.

New Mexico sued Sunnyside Gold Corp. and the EPA in 2016, claiming that EPA contractors triggered the release of more than 3 million gallons of wastewater and sediment from the Gold King Mine while investigating the site in 2015.

In June, the US signed out-of-court settlements with New Mexico and the Navajo Nation that resolved all claims between them. The deals required the US to pay $28 million to New ...